2016 saw the completion of both the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and the International Towers Sydney at Barangaroo (ITSB). The two years since have only served to build upon their significance, with the projects’ cutting edge designs and expression of social and environmental sustainability measures raising the bar for Australian architecture, and for sustainable architecture more broadly around the world. 

Designed by Silver Thomas Hanley, DesignInc and McBride Charles Ryan, the VCCC is the latest state-of-the-art facility and Australia’s first comprehensive cancer centre located in Melbourne’s Parkville Biomedical Precinct. It represents a collaboration that aims to save lives through the integration of cancer research, education and patient care, but further than that, was designed to maximise both functionality and sustainability at scales ranging from broader urban context down to every individual luminaire.   


Gerard Lighting, together with one of their architectural lighting specialists Inlite and alongside Downer Group, offered a blend of fluorescent and LED lighting products for the project. Over 38,000 individual luminaires were installed across the 130,000m2 project site, including bespoke commercial, architectural and medical luminaires – customised to the specific requirements of the project and each individual application, and in many instances featuring the human-centric lighting control systems that are so beneficial for healthcare facilities. The extensive use of energy efficient LEDs throughout the facility, including for all of the downlights present, serves to maximise performance and service life whilst minimising power consumption, outages and maintenance expense. 

The International Towers Sydney at Barangaroo (ITSB) represent one of the world’s foremost waterfront renewal projects, showcasing Sydney as Australia’s gateway to the world. The project embodies first-class design excellence and sustainability credentials, taking advantage of its large-scale centralised infrastructure as the first carbon neutral precinct in the world. 


In addition to its carbon neutrality, the precinct features a water-positive output thanks to captured rainwater and dedicated water treatment systems, zero waste emissions, and dedicated public space totalling to be over 50 per cent of the precincts total area, with 100 per cent native plantings. 

The thought put into the interiors of the ITSB was no less comprehensive, with Gerard Lighting developing a completely new luminaire for use across the three towers in response to the client’s brief: 

“... a distinctive luminaire solution that required lighting design of lumen efficiency, lumen maintenance and glare control... had to create a better working environment, require minimum maintenance and attain a Green Star sustainability rating.”


Their response, delivered in only 8 months from concept to completion, was the PIERLITE® GenLED One – a highly energy efficient luminaire that is both functional and sustainable, as well as aesthetically designed to complement its surrounding context. In addition to offering a striking new appearance to traditional linear solutions, the GenLED’s stylized louvre averages out the light’s intensity distribution, offering more glare control and output efficiency, and assists in the luminaire complying with AS1680 to meet both safety and work-based requirements. 

The GenLED luminaire complies with GreenStar and is the best in its class for energy efficiency, setting a new benchmark for form and function in the 21st Century. 
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About the Sustainability Awards

The Sustainability Awards is Australia’s longest running and most prestigious awards program dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating excellence in sustainable design and architecture. Nominations received are shortlisted and then winners for each category are announced at a five-star Gala evening hosted this year at the Star, Sydney on 11 October 2018. The daytime event Sustainability Live is a CPD-endorsed education event where industry experts present a range of topics to educate, inform and ignite learning. Buy tickets